CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Former St. Anne's-Belfield three-sport star Jalen Harrison has traded his batting helmet for a football helmet at Virginia.
Harrison, a third-year at Virginia academically, has given up his spot on the baseball team to join the UVA football program as a walk-on this spring. Harrison was on the field practicing with the wide receivers during the Cavaliers' first spring practice Monday morning.
Listed at 6-3 and 210 pounds on the UVA baseball roster, Harrison joined the football program for off-season workouts last week. Wide receivers coach Marques Hagans says the Fluvanna County native has the potential to add another big target to the UVA offense.
“He’s got great size, great athletic ability. And we’re just looking for ways that we can make him better and see what he can really do," Hagans said. "But I’m excited for him. He’s very coachable. He listens."
Harrison was a three-time VISAA all-state selection on both sides of the ball at STAB, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He was also a 1,000-point scorer as a basketball player for the Saints, and earned honorable mention All-American honors from both Rawlings and Perfect Game as a senior on the baseball field.
Harrison hit .231 in 25 career games for the baseball program, but had not appeared in a game this season.
"I think he’s going to miss baseball a little bit, but he’s diving right in," Hagans said. "So we’re excited to have him, and look forward to working with him, and he’s fun to coach so far.”